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Deus Ex Machina CRF450X Cafe Racer

Mon, 21 Apr 2014

We’ve featured custom motorcycles from Deus Ex Machina before and for good reason. Michael “Woolie” Wollaway, the in-house bike builder for the Venice, California location, makes some fantastic creations. This one, however, is especially interesting. Named “Dakdaak,” it’s part of a Sibling Rivalry series created by Woolie. What makes the bike unique is the lump of metal in the middle that makes the whole thing move is sourced from a Honda CRF450X. Yeah, an off-road bike.

At first glance you might look at the Dakdaak and think “oh great, another cafe racer,” but to dismiss the work Woolie has put in to this bike would be a mistake. For starters, the chromoly frame and swingarm are completely custom made by Wollaway. Then you get to the heart of the beast: the 449cc, liquid-cooled thumper originally meant to destroy trails and kick up roost. Jim Wood at Southland racing massaged the engine to help it better cope with its new life on the road.

The forks, too, are sourced from the CRF, with Ed Sorbo at Lindemann Engineering shortening and re-valving them for street duty. Get a closer look at the machine and you’ll see the careful touches and premium parts that went into it. From the Beringer brakes, carefully stitched seat, premium welds and Rizoma rearsets, the Dakdaak looks cool at speed or just parked in the garage. And indeed, it’s one of Woolie’s favorites too. “Dakdaak is the pinnacle of all street bikes I’ve built. The way that it handles and rides is just amazing,”

Find out more about the Dakdaak, and the rest of Woolie’s builds at

By Troy Siahaan

See also: Ronax 500cc Two-Stroke Sportbike Coming June 8, 2014 WSBK – Aragon Results, 2014 AMA Supercross – Seattle Results.